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October 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

WELCOME HOME. Remember your time at Bethel. Such was the invitation to Homecoming earlier this month. Alumni were "invited back to campus to celebrate the unique ways this place shaped you...and all the ways you've shaped the world since." For some of us (me, Judy!) this was our 50th reunion, and we had much to celebrate as we recalled the substance of that shaping from our experiences at Bethel, our professors, our relationships with our peers, and shared stories of the substance of our lives since graduation.

  • Join us in thanking God for Homecoming and all who came to campus for various activities -- may the sense of God's presence linger in their hearts and strengthen their confidence and joy in Bethel.
  • Praise God, too, for the funding and the recent dedication and opening of the Wellness Center -- an amazing space for the health and wellbeing of the Bethel community.
  • Pray for the Board of Trustee (BOT) meetings on October 28 and 29. Among the many topics on the agenda, there will be an update on the strategic plan. Pray that the presentations will be clear and effective and the deliberations wise. Top strategic priorities are: expanding online education, creating marketplace-focused centers for partnerships with healthcare and business, and repositioning CAPS, GS, and the seminary into a single organizational structure.
  • Pray for wisdom as the BOT interacts with the proposed scenarios for the Campus master Plan.
  • Pray for the ongoing success of our fundraising efforts and all of the detailed work that goes into our donor engagement. Please pray for a strong end to the giving year in the months of November and December.
  • Pray for President Barnes as he updates the board on LGVTQ issues - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (for questioning) which are a significant concern and challenge for Bethel and other Christian colleges and universities.
  • Pray for Jim Green as he chairs the BOT meetings.
  • Pray for safe travel for board members coming from all over the country.

Thanks to Randy Bergen, executive assistant to the president, for his contributions to these prayer requests and praises. And thanks to all of you--your prayers for Bethel are neeed and very much appreciated.

Grace and Peace,
Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators

September 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

The new school year is well-launched and students are filled with energy and anticipation. This month we focus our prayers on Bethel Seminary, ably led by David Clark, vice president and dean, who brings these praises and prayer requests to us.


  • Positive fall workshop for faculty and staff to kick off the year
  • Solid new class, with incoming degree-seeking students up 13% over last year
  • Completion of St Paul remodel, including a new prayer room (come see it!)
  • Completion of several key Seminary Strategic Process projects
  • Very good year in 2014-2015 fund development, hitting Seminary Annual Fund goal
  • Great year receiving new scholarship endowments, which help students reduce student debt
  • Renewed prayer emphasis on campus with weekly prayer times
  • So many people praying for Seminary to lead and serve for the kingdom


  • Guidance in faculty search process for new San Diego marriage and family therapy program director to replace retiring Keith Olson
  • Several severe health needs (Francoise Anderson, assistant librarian and Ben Lim, professor, both from San Diego)
  • Continued prayer for enrollment, especially as large classes graduate which leads to fewer returning students
  • Ongoing Seminary Strategic Process projects
  • Development of new church planting concentration
  • Managing the new and still emerging collaborative relationship with CAPS/GS
  • New partnerships with Christian denominations and organizations
  • Strength and endurance for students as they begin and continue their seminary programs
  • Wisdom and perseverance for faculty and staff serving in challenging times for higher education

In addition to the above, other items you might pray for are Homecoming, October 9-11, and Board of Trustee meetings, October 28-29. Thank you for your willingness and faithfulness in praying for Bethel.

Grace and Peace,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt
Co-coordinators, National Prayer Initiative